Sunday, May 31, 2009

Comment Of The Week

Defending champion Rafael Nadal of Spain reacts at a news conference after losing to Robin Soderling of Sweden at the French Open tennis tournament at Roland Garros in Paris May 31, 2009.
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He makes rare appearances in these parts, but whenever he shares his musings, this blog is a better place.

PeytonAllen said...

First off, can we put an end to NBC airing tennis? It’s absurd the match is on at 3 pm est when the entire world has known of the result since 12. And as I’m trying to watch the match now, the commercials after every game are so annoying.

I actually thought Robin would win before the match.

Okay, yeah right.

What a stunner. Came home from church and checked the ‘net. Couldn’t believe it.

You know I can’t imagine Soderling’s game was so much different than in Rome. Did he find the zone a bit more? Probably. What I’ve seen (I quit watching due to NBC) he just crushed everything. He’s of the ilk that give Nadal problems: Tall, flat hitting middle of the road players. Guys like Blake, etc, who just have nothing to lose but hit out on every shot.

I did think this was the year that Nadal would be taken to 5 sets, but I never thought he’d be the one that would fail to hold up his end of the bargain. We knew sooner or later he’d lose in Paris, and it was probably a pipe dream to think that’d happen in his late 20’s, or that he’d retire say at 27 or 28 without ever having lost. It was a remarkable run and it ends when he’s just 22 years-old.

I echo the sentiments that are wondering what’s wrong with the beast. In Miami he said, “sometimes you lose because of personal reasons,” and then Bodo picked up on it. Maybe this push from his handlers to make Rafa into a man robbed him of some of his boyish charms. Where was the fight today? Where was the energy? Rafa was flat. It happens. Federer in his great runs dodged some bullets, it’s one of the greatest feats of his dominance. But, Nadal was not himself.

I disagree about the Madrid theory that people ‘figured out’ how to play him. It took 5 years?

Bullshit.

He ran into a buzz saw today, but more importantly the well that was Nadal’s soul ran dry. For the first time in Paris, or in a big match, he had nothing inside to fall back on.

Technically speaking, it’s the same old bad habits. He wasn’t aggressive. He often just looped his return of serves back, etc. etc. This may actually be good for Nadal. He gets to gameplan the next stage of his career. His serve has to be better. He has to flatten out his shots more often. All these things he knows, but maybe today is the last time he’ll have to be reminded of them.

Who wins?

I’m not sold on Federer. I like Wilander’s comment that "all the players are having a beer now."

Nobody here has mentioned the one player that’s most likely to win now.

Gael Monfils.

A deep Roddick run would be crack, but most likely it’s Monfils/Murray.

And I agree with the comment that Wimbledon just became the ticket of the summer. What will Nadal look like the first time he steps on court post-Soderling bombshell? Interesting!

And to Nadal fans: he'll be back in Paris.




From: Earthquake

Day 8: History

Fans holding Spanish flags watch defending champion Rafael Nadal losing to Robin Soderling of Sweden at the French Open tennis tournament at Roland Garros in Paris May 31, 2009.
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Fans holding Spanish flags watch defending champion Rafael Nadal losing to Robin Soderling of Sweden at the French Open tennis tournament at Roland Garros in Paris May 31, 2009.

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I'm going to keep this recap super short and simply ask three questions I want one of our illustrious tennis historians to answer for us.

  1. When was the last time both defending champions exited Roland Garros on the same day?
  2. When was the last time both defending champions exited any Slam on the same day?
  3. Bjorn Borg won 6 French Opens, but like Rafa, he won four in a row. Provided he played the following year, in what round was he dismissed as a four-time defending champion?

Face Of The Day

Fernando Verdasco of Spain reacts during his match against Nikolay Davydenko of Russia at the French Open tennis tournament at Roland Garros in Paris May 31, 2009.
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Fernando Verdasco of Spain reacts during his match against Nikolay Davydenko of Russia at the French Open tennis tournament at Roland Garros in Paris May 31, 2009.

Quote For The Day

“You need a defeat to give value to your victories. It's the end of the road and I have to accept my defeat as I accepted my victories: with calm. I have to stay cool‑headed to try to analyse what I did wrong. I need to learn, and you learn more when you lose than when you win. I need to work on those points where I wasn't good, and from there try and do better for my next tournament.”--Rafael Nadal

(Thanks, Beth)

Sunday Afternoon Open Thread

You can discuss Fernando Verdasco vs. Nikolay Davydenko and Maria Sharapova vs. Li Na the remaining matches in this thread.

Earthquake

Robin Soderling of Sweden celebrates defeating Rafael Nadal of Spain at the French Open tennis tournament at Roland Garros in Paris May 31, 2009.
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Robin Soderling defeats Rafael Nadal 6-2, 6-7(2), 6-4, 7-6(2).

He did exactly what I always thought it would take to beat Rafa at Roland Garros:

He hit him off the court.

That was about a 12 on the Richter scale as far as earthquakes go.

In defense of Soderling, who I realize few people like, he beat David Ferrer and Rafa back-to-back.

His performance today wasn't exactly a fluke.

He's always had the weapons to cause any player trouble on any surface, but he tends to choke big time against the elite.

In two matches (I consider Ferrer clay court elite), he did not choke.

I have to give him major props. As much as I hate choking, any player who holds his nerve and completes the task gets applause from me no matter who they take down.

Folks think this loss opens up the draw for Roger Federer.

It might.

But who else left in the draw can give Federer fits?

Andy Murray.

And the pressure on Federer to win this thing just increased tenfold.

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Roland Garros 2009 Day 8 Open Thread - SPOILERS

A ball boy waits on the sidelines of a second round match between Australia's Samantha Stosur and Belgium's Yanina Wickmayer at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Thursday May 28, 2009.
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SPOILER ALERT !! - This thread discusses matches currently in progress but not yet televised in many markets. I may post a delayed-play open thread later as I did yesterday.

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The second week of a Slam has been called the business week. The fourth round is the middle match for those who will go on to claim the singles championship. I've always thought the fourth round is the toughest match to win, especially for those who've never been this way before. Those who have tend to push the re-set button and view the match as a new beginning.

The top half of both draws gets down to business, and I suspect we'll see some barnburners.

No predictions.

Sunday Order Of Play

Court Philippe Chatrier 11:00

1. Men's Singles - 4th Rnd.
Fernando Gonzalez (CHI)[12] v. Victor Hanescu (ROU)[30]
2. Women's Singles - 4th Rnd.
Dinara Safina (RUS)[1] v. Aravane Rezai (FRA)
3. Men's Singles - 4th Rnd.
Rafael Nadal (ESP)[1] v. Robin Soderling (SWE)[23]
4. Women's Singles - 4th Rnd.
Maria Sharapova (RUS) v. Na Li (CHN)[25]

Court Suzanne Lenglen 11:00

1. Women's Singles - 4th Rnd.
Agnes Szavay (HUN)[29] v. Dominika Cibulkova (SVK)[20]
2. Men's Singles - 4th Rnd.
Andy Murray (GBR)[3] v. Marin Cilic (CRO)[13]
3. Women's Singles - 4th Rnd.
Victoria Azarenka (BLR)[9] v. Ana Ivanovic (SRB)[8]
[b]4. Men's Singles - 4th Rnd.
Nikolay Davydenko (RUS)[10] v. Fernando Verdasco (ESP)[8][/B]

Court 1 11:00

1. Women's Doubles - 3rd Rnd.
Zi Yan (CHN)[16] v. Samantha Stosur (AUS)[4]
Jie Zheng (CHN)[16] Rennae Stubbs (AUS)[4]
2. Men's Doubles - 3rd Rnd.
Rik De Voest (RSA)[14] v. Bob Bryan (USA)[2]
Ashley Fisher (AUS)[14] Mike Bryan (USA)[2]
3. Women's Doubles - 3rd Rnd.
Bethanie Mattek-Sands (USA)[10] v. Serena Williams (USA)[5]
Nadia Petrova (RUS)[10] Venus Williams (USA)[5]
4. Men's Doubles - 3rd Rnd.
Jose Acasuso (ARG) v. Mahesh Bhupathi (IND)[4]
Fernando Gonzalez (CHI) Mark Knowles (BAH)[4]

Court 2 11:00

1. Women's Doubles - 3rd Rnd.
Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) v. Kveta Peschke (CZE)[2]
Urszula Radwanska (POL) Lisa Raymond (USA)[2]
2. Men's Doubles - 3rd Rnd.
T.B.D. v. Christopher Kas (GER)
Rogier Wassen (NED)
3. Men's Doubles - 3rd Rnd.
Marc Lopez (ESP) v. Michael Kohlmann (GER)
Tommy Robredo (ESP) Alexander Waske (GER)
4. Mixed Doubles
Elena Vesnina (RUS)[6] v. Nathalie Dechy (FRA)
Daniel Nestor (CAN)[6] Andy Ram (ISR)
5. Mixed Doubles
T.B.D. v. Ai Sugiyama (JPN)[5]
Andre Sa (BRA)[5]

Court 7 11:00

4. Mixed Doubles
T.B.D. v. Alisa Kleybanova (RUS)
Bruno Soares (BRA)
5. Mixed Doubles
Lisa Raymond (USA)[3] v. Anna-Lena Groenefeld (GER)
Marcin Matkowski (POL)[3] Mark Knowles (BAH)

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Face Of The Day

PARIS - MAY 30:  Mirka Federer applauds her husband Roger Federer of Switzerland following his victory during the Men's Third Round match against Paul-Henri Mathieu of France on day seven of the French Open at Roland Garros on May 30, 2009 in Paris, France.
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Mirka Federer applauds her husband Roger Federer of Switzerland following his victory against Paul-Henri Mathieu of France on day seven of the French Open at Roland Garros on May 30, 2009 in Paris, France.

Quote For The Day

"I didn't even know they played tennis here after the first couple days."--Andy Roddick, Tennis Channel studio interview with Mary Carillo

Day 7: Breaking Ground, Breaking Through

PARIS - MAY 28:  Tommy Haas of Germany celebrates match point during his Men's Singles Second Round match against Leonardo Mayer of Argentina on day five of the French Open at Roland Garros on May 28, 2009 in Paris, France.
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France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga reacts as he defeats Belgium's Christophe Rochus during their third round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Saturday May 30, 2009. Tsonga won 6-2, 6-2, 6-2.
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US player Andy Roddick celebrates after winning against French player Marc Gicquel  during their French Open tennis third round match on May 30, 2009 at Roland Garros stadium in Paris. The event, the second Grand Slam tournament of 2009, runs from May 24 to June 7, 2009. Roddick won 6/1,6/4,6/4.
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Samantha Stosur of Australia reacts after winning her match against Elena Dementieva of Russia at the French Open tennis tournament at Roland Garros in Paris May 30, 2009.
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France's Virginie Razzano celebrates after winning against Italy's Tathiana Garbin during their French Open tennis third round match on May 30, 2009 at Roland Garros stadium in Paris. The event, the second Grand Slam tournament of 2009, runs from May 24 to June 7, 2009. Razzo won 5/7,5/7.
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Canada's Aleksandra Wozniak jubilates after winning a point against  Spain's Lourdes Dominguez Lino  during a French Open tennis third round match on May 30, 2009 at Roland Garros Stadium in Paris. The event, the second Grand Slam tournament of 2009, runs from May 25 to June 7, 2009. Wozniak won 6/2,3/6,6/3.
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Romania's Sorana Cirstea reacts after defeating France's Alize Cornet at the French Open tennis tournament at Roland Garros in Paris May 28, 2009.
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Philipp Kolhlschreiber, Tommy Haas, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Andy Roddick, Samantha Stosur, Virginie Razzano, Aleksandra Wozniak, and Sorana Cirstea all broke ground and broke through against the odds to reach the second week of Roland Garros. Haas the only player to have been this way before back in 2002.

France, with native daughter and sons Razzano, Tsonga, and Gael Monfils through to week two, and Germany, with veteran Haas and journeyman Kohlschreiber through, are most happy.

But the younger German caused the earthquake of the day. In straight routine sets, he sunk Novak Djokovic, the No. 3 seed and apparent No. 2 clay court player in the world, deep in the crushed brick fissures unleashed with his deadly one-hander. 6-4, 6-4, 6-4. Not always the best closer against the tennis elite, he refused to falter.

One helluva victory.

Germany's Philipp Kohlschreiber reacts after defeating Novak Djokovic of Serbia at the French Open tennis tournament at Roland Garros in Paris May 30, 2009.
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The Curious Cases Of Stolen Points

by MadProfessah


AFP


Another Williams Slam match, another curious incident in which the African American champion is robbed of a point. Curious coincidence. Notice the pattern:

2003: In a semifinal match at Roland Garros , Justine Henin raises her hand to say she's not ready, Serena serves a fault and the referee refuses to give Serena a first serve. Serena complains and the crowd completely turns against her. Serena wins the game, but loses the match.

2004: Umpire Marina Alves calls a point CLEARLY inside the line (on the far side of the court) OUT and awarding the point to Jennifer Capriati in the US Open semifinal match against Serena. Serena loses the match. The clamor for electronic line calling grows and becomes standard within 3 years.


2004: in a 2nd round match against Karolina Sprem at Wimbledon the umpire called the SCORE incorrectly, awarding Venus' opponent a point she did not earn. Venus loses the match.

2009: in a 3rd round match against Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez, Serena nailed a ball at her opponent at the net on breakpoint down which clearly hit the Spaniard's right arm (in multiple replays) and then her racquet, to go over the net. The umpire awards the point and game to Serena's opponent, over Serena's protests. Serena wins the match.

These are just the curious incidents that I remember off the top of my head.

Do people REALLY THINK this has nothing to do with race? Why does this not happen to any other American players? Why is it just Williams sisters, and more often than not Serena especially?

What do YOU think?

Delayed Blogging Serena's Match

Forget trying to post my thoughts on this tape-delayed match between Serena Williams and Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez in the Day 7 Open Thread.

Let's talk about the match here if you don't know the results or even if you do. Just to spoil this thread with any forecasts of this match. Thank you in advance.

Breaking Water

US player Andy Roddick returns a ball to French player Marc Gicquel  during their French Open tennis third round match on May 30, 2009 at Roland Garros stadium in Paris. The event, the second Grand Slam tournament of 2009, runs from May 24 to June 7, 2009. Roddick won 6/1,6/4,6/4.
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I'm weeping about as much as I was in that stadium in Portland, Oregon, when we won the Davis Cup over Russia.

Andre Roddique has advanced to the second week of Roland Garros for the first time in his long-ish career without dropping a set, without dropping his serve.

I knew he had it in him. I've seen him play beautiful clay court tennis. But today was like nothing I've ever seen. Marc Gicquel had no chance.

7 aces. No double faults. 27 winners. 11 unforced errors. 3 break points saved. 4 of 7 (57%) break points converted. 17 of 24 (71%) at net. 6-1, 6-4, 6-4.

"I played very well," Roddick said. "I knew the crowd would not be for me but they were very respectful.

"It's a lot better than I have done here before but it's only three matches."

He served like a genius and slid like a Frenchman.

I'm absolutely snotty.

Karen put it this way:

Did you guys hear about the possession at Roland Garros? Apparently, this guy has been possessed by Gustavo Kuerten (even though he is still alive). His name is Andy Roddick and he is an American with a fear of red clay. He is about to beat a Frenchman, on clay, in Roland Garros. People are speculating that he may have been possessed. I was watching the match and saw Andy do a couple of drop shots, but the shot of the match for me was the sliced backhand dropper. Federesque actually.


Christopher Clarey, Larry Stefanki, and Gicquel put it like this:

His play has not always been flashy or even particularly overpowering, but it has been consistently efficient, intense and intelligent, which is the only way someone like Roddick can roll through three straight matches on clay without losing a set.

“It’s not about power,” his coach Larry Stefanki said. “It’s about hitting spots and getting guys out of position and then it may take two or three more balls after that, which he’s not accustomed to. And for him to be doing that is a big, big improvement and accomplishment.”

(...)

“If I’d played on Court 2 or Court 3, I might have played better,” Gicquel said. “But who wouldn’t want to be on a big court? Hey, he played well. He didn’t give away points. When he gave me some, it was at 30-0 or 40-15 on his serve at stages that are not necessarily so important.”

Even against an edgy opponent, Roddick’s tactical and technical progress were on impressive display.

(...)

On Sunday, he will get a day off in Paris. On Monday, for a change, it will be back to work on clay and against Monfils.

Allez!

Roland Garros 2009 Day 7 Open Thread

Actress Eva Longoria Parker (R) and her husband NBA basketball player Tony Parker pose for a spectator during the match between Rafael Nadal of Spain and Lleyton Hewitt of Australia during the French Open tennis tournament at Roland Garros in Paris May 29, 2009.
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Actress Eva Longoria Parker and her husband NBA basketball player Tony Parker pose for a spectator.


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Good morning and sorry I'm late. The third round finishes today. Andy Roddick, the last American man standing, will try to make the second week for the first time, but he'll have to dismiss a Frenchman to do it. Serena Williams could have another late night scheduled fourth on Lenglen. Why Samantha Stosur and Elena Dementieva are up first on Chatrier is beyond me. Anybody see an upet?

Court Philippe Chatrier 11:00

1. Women's Singles - 3rd Rnd.
Samantha Stosur (AUS)[30] v. Elena Dementieva (RUS)[4]
2. Women's Singles - 3rd Rnd.
Tathiana Garbin (ITA) v. Virginie Razzano (FRA)
3. Men's Singles - 3rd Rnd.
Christophe Rochus (BEL) v. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA)[9]
4. Men's Singles - 3rd Rnd.
Paul-Henri Mathieu (FRA)[32] v. Roger Federer (SUI)[2]

Court Suzanne Lenglen 11:00

1. Women's Singles - 3rd Rnd.
Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS)[7] v. Melinda Czink (HUN)
2. Men's Singles - 3rd Rnd.
Andy Roddick (USA)[6] v. Marc Gicquel (FRA)
3. Men's Singles - 3rd Rnd.
Jurgen Melzer (AUT)[24] v. Gael Monfils (FRA)[11]
4. Women's Singles - 3rd Rnd.
Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez (ESP) v. Serena Williams (USA)[2]

Court 1 11:00

1. Men's Singles - 3rd Rnd.
Tommy Haas (GER) v. Jeremy Chardy (FRA)
2. Women's Singles - 3rd Rnd.
Jelena Jankovic (SRB)[5] v. Jarmila Groth (AUS)
3. Men's Singles - 3rd Rnd.
Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER)[29] v. Novak Djokovic (SRB)[4]
4. Women's Singles - 3rd Rnd.
Sorana Cirstea (ROU) v. Caroline Wozniacki (DEN)[10]

Court 2 11:00

1. Men's Doubles - 3rd Rnd.
Lukas Dlouhy (CZE)[3] v. Julien Benneteau (FRA)
Leander Paes (IND)[3] Nicolas Mahut (FRA)
2. Women's Singles - 3rd Rnd.
Kateryna Bondarenko (UKR) v. Agnieszka Radwanska (POL)[12]
3. Men's Singles - 3rd Rnd.
Juan Martin Del Potro (ARG)[5] v. Igor Andreev (RUS)[25]
4. Mixed Doubles
Aurelie Vedy (FRA) v. Ai Sugiyama (JPN)[5]
Josselin Ouanna (FRA) Andre Sa (BRA)[5]

Court 3 11:00

1. Men's Doubles - 2nd Rnd.
Johan Brunstrom (SWE) v. Mahesh Bhupathi (IND)[4]
Jean-Julien Rojer (AHO) Mark Knowles (BAH)[4]
2. Men's Doubles - 2nd Rnd.
Andrei Pavel (ROU) v. Bob Bryan (USA)[2]
Horia Tecau (ROU) Mike Bryan (USA)[2]
3. Mixed Doubles
Sania Mirza (IND) v. Nathalie Dechy (FRA)
Mahesh Bhupathi (IND) Andy Ram (ISR)
4. Mixed Doubles
Sybille Bammer (AUT) v. Cara Black (ZIM)[2]
Lukasz Kubot (POL) Leander Paes (IND)[2]
5. Mixed Doubles
Pauline Parmentier (FRA) v. Camille Pin (FRA)
Marc Gicquel (FRA) Gilles Simon (FRA)

Court 6 11:00

1. Men's Doubles - 2nd Rnd.
Rik De Voest (RSA)[14] v. Dusan Vemic (SRB)
Ashley Fisher (AUS)[14] Mischa Zverev (GER)
2. Women's Doubles - 3rd Rnd.
Cara Black (ZIM)[1] v. Vania King (USA)[13]
Liezel Huber (USA)[1] Monica Niculescu (ROU)[13]
3. Men's Doubles - 2nd Rnd.
Jose Acasuso (ARG) v. Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (ESP)
Fernando Gonzalez (CHI) Sergio Roitman (ARG)
4. Mixed Doubles
Su-Wei Hsieh (TPE) v. Nadia Petrova (RUS)[4]
Ashley Fisher (AUS) Max Mirnyi (BLR)[4]

Court 7 11:00

1. Women's Doubles - 3rd Rnd.
Daniela Hantuchova (SVK)[7] v. Su-Wei Hsieh (TPE)[9]
Ai Sugiyama (JPN)[7] Shuai Peng (CHN)[9]
2. Women's Singles - 3rd Rnd.
Lourdes Dominguez Lino (ESP) v. Aleksandra Wozniak (CAN)[24]
3. Men's Singles - 3rd Rnd.
Tommy Robredo (ESP)[16] v. Maximo Gonzalez (ARG)
4. Men's Doubles - 2nd Rnd.
Daniel Nestor (CAN)[1] v. Leos Friedl (CZE)
Nenad Zimonjic (SRB)[1] David Skoch (CZE)

Court 14 12:00

1. Men's Doubles - 3rd Rnd.
Jaroslav Levinsky (CZE) v. Bruno Soares (BRA)[5]
Igor Zelenay (SVK) Kevin Ullyett (ZIM)[5]
2. Women's Doubles - 3rd Rnd.
A. Medina Garrigues (ESP)[3] v. Vera Dushevina (RUS)
Virginia Ruano Pascual (ESP)[3] Anastasia Rodionova (AUS)
3. Mixed Doubles
Liezel Huber (USA)[1] v. Flavia Pennetta (ITA)
Bob Bryan (USA)[1] Dusan Vemic (SRB)

Court 16 12:00

1. Women's Doubles - 3rd Rnd.
Anna-Lena Groenefeld (GER)[11] v. Maria Kirilenko (RUS)[8]
Patty Schnyder (SUI)[11] Flavia Pennetta (ITA)[8][/b]
2. Men's Doubles - 2nd Rnd.
David Ferrer (ESP) v. Christopher Kas (GER)
Daniel Gimeno-Traver (ESP) Rogier Wassen (NED)
3. Mixed Doubles
Anna-Lena Groenefeld (GER) v. Iveta Benesova (CZE)
Mark Knowles (BAH) Lukas Dlouhy (CZE)
4. Mixed Doubles
Vania King (USA) v. Severine Bremond Beltrame (FRA)
Marcelo Melo (BRA) Robert Lindstedt (SWE)

Court 17 11:00

1. Men's Doubles - 3rd Rnd.
Wesley Moodie (RSA) v. Simon Aspelin (SWE)
Dick Norman (BEL) Paul Hanley (AUS)
2. Men's Doubles - 3rd Rnd.
T.B.D. v. Pablo Cuevas (URU)[8]
Luis Horna (PER)[8]
3. Women's Doubles - 3rd Rnd.
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) v. Victoria Azarenka (BLR)[12]
Francesca Schiavone (ITA) Elena Vesnina (RUS)[12]
4. Mixed Doubles
Gisela Dulko (ARG) v. Yaroslava Shvedova (KAZ)
Pablo Cuevas (URU) Jordan Kerr (AUS)

Targeting Spaniards? (Updated)

Darren Cahill reported three times in the last 48 hours on ESPN that David Ferrer, Tommy Robredo, Fernando Verdasco and Rafael Nadal, were all awakened at their hotel rooms at 7:30 AM a few days ago for doping tests. According to Cahill, Robredo apparently had a match later that day and had his preparation disrupted. Toni Nadal was livid. Ferrer had gone to the bathroom five minutes before the call and had to wait in the lobby of the hotel for two hours until he had to pee again. Maybe that racquet smash had something to do with this.

Cahill said nothing about any other players still in the draw being awakened and tested. He made it seem as though only the Spaniards were targeted in this way.

Make of it what you will.

Oh, and make of this what you will, too.

UPDATE: Ferrer has spoken out. (From the comments. Thanks, oddman)

París, 29 May (EFE).- David Ferrer today joined Rafael Nadal in criticising the surprise antidoping tests, saying it is a dictatorship and the players can hardly do anything, that they scarcely have any privacy.

"In my personal case, they really messed me up because I played a five-set match against Keifer on Wednesday that ended at 9 pm. I finished being treated by my physio at 2 a.m. and at 7 in the morning they were knocking at my door to do an antidoping test," said Ferrer. "I think that is very badly done, because they could have done it as easily in the hotel or at the club. I got only five hours sleep and that really offended me: treating players like that, and even more so at such an important tournament as Roland Garros. It's not an excuse for why I lost today, but it was badly done," he added.

"It's ridiculous because we are subjected to 15 to 20 antidoping tests a year and it's your private life, your privacy, and I can't possibly know every day whether I'm going to be in Valencia, Xavea, Almusafes or Santa Rita, so it's a lottery in other words. It hardly seems possible that these things happen and you can't even have your own privacy... but it's up to them," he went on.

"It's senseless, I've already had two tests here, that one the other day and one right now, and what can I say, it's ridiculous. They don't get anything out of this, except more tension among the players. I don't think they're getting anywhere with this," said Ferrer, who doesn't see any solution to the matter, not even them organising a boycott.

"Let's just wait and see who's got what it takes to tell them he's not playing here. At the beginning of the year, 80% of the players complained, but there's not much we can do: "Put a pistol to their head?", and not playing is not an option, the tournaments are not to blame. They're the ones that ought to stop and speak to the players, because this is like a dictatorship," he said.

Friday, May 29, 2009

Day 6: Dutch Weather

Dutch weather by momono.

Not the climate, but the tennis reminded me of the cool, damp, soggy, drizzly, overcast, gloomy weather so often present in the Netherlands, a friend of mine said the whole country should be covered. Like a greenhouse. Or the newly-designed Centre Court at SW19. (I can hardly wait!)

The Dutch call such weather kut weer (pronounced something like "koot veer" in English). I'm not going to translate cut (it's not nice), but weer means weather.

Not nice weather.

Between Janko Tipsarevic's frailty, Venus Williams' lethargy, Dinara Safina's mediocrity, Rafael Nadal's predictability, and Maria Sharapova and Michelle Larcher de Brito's cacophony, there was no sun on the court, even though it shone brightly in the sky.

I hear Carla Suarez Navarro's backhand was giving a petulant Victoria Azarenka fits before the Belarusian-American was coached from the stands to hit drop shots, but I didn't get to see any of that because I don't get ESPN360 in Maine and ESPN2 refuses to show live tennis on TV after a certain hour.

I hope the sun will come out tomorrow.

Face Of The Day

The broken racket of Spain's David Ferrer is seen on the court after his match against Robin Soderling of Sweden at the French Open tennis tournament at Roland Garros in Paris May 29, 2009.
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The broken racket of Spain's David Ferrer is seen on the court after his match against Robin Soderling of Sweden at the French Open tennis tournament at Roland Garros in Paris May 29, 2009.

Quote For The Day

"Serena doesn't get much support here. I think it drags her down. I hear that lack of support here more than any other place. And I don't have a good reason that explains it. There's an undertone of a lot of things. Maybe it's a combination of gender; maybe they've observed something about her fighting spirit that doesn't suit their eye, but it's very clear to me that the fan reaction here drags her down."--Pam Shriver

Disgraceful

You can say I'm making excuses, but the schedule seems to have caught up to Venus.

Agnes is playing glorious tennis, but Venus is simply not on the court.

Venus isn't as young as she used to be. Players can't just wait around for matches all day every day and play into fading light and have it not be an issue in an event as emotionally loaded as a Slam. She simply didn't have enough turnaround time for today's match. I guess she could have pulled out of doubles, but the schedulers made no effort to apply fairness to the No. 3 seed and one of the game's biggest names.

I find it disgraceful.

And I'm not even a fan of hers.

Roland Garros 2009 Day 6 Open Thread

Spanish fans attend the French Open tennis first round match opposing Brazilian player Franco Ferreiro to Spanish player Feliciano Lopez on May 25, 2009 at Roland Garros stadium in Paris. The event, the second Grand Slam tournament of 2009, runs from May 24 to June 7, 2009.
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We've reached the third round where the matchups get even more interesting. We've already been treated to three classics so it can only get better from here.

All the matches on Chatrier should be dramatic, though I'm not sure why Miss Siberia is there instead of, say, Venus, who as the No. 3 seed, has yet to play a singles match on center court. Unless, of course, I missed it. Surely someone will correct me if I'm wrong.

The Lenglen matches should also be tight. I'm looking forward to a particular upset sometime in the evening.

I see one other potential upset off the show courts. Tell us what you see.

Friday Order Of Play

Court Philippe Chatrier 11:00

1. Women's Singles - 3rd Rnd.
Aravane Rezai (FRA) v. Michelle Larcher De Brito (POR)
2. Men's Singles - 3rd Rnd.
Fernando Gonzalez (CHI)[12] v. Josselin Ouanna (FRA)
3. Men's Singles - 3rd Rnd.
Rafael Nadal (ESP)[1] v. Lleyton Hewitt (AUS)
4. Women's Singles - 3rd Rnd.
Maria Sharapova (RUS) v. Yaroslava Shvedova (KAZ)

Court Suzanne Lenglen 11:00

1. Women's Singles - 3rd Rnd.
Iveta Benesova (CZE)[32] v. Ana Ivanovic (SRB)[8]

*2. Men's Singles - 2nd Rnd.
Sergiy Stakhovsky (UKR) v. Novak Djokovic (SRB)[4]
To Finish 6-3 6-4*

2. Women's Singles - 3rd Rnd.
Venus Williams (USA)[3] v. Agnes Szavay (HUN)[29]
3. Men's Singles - 3rd Rnd.
Victor Hanescu (ROU)[30] v. Gilles Simon (FRA)[7]
4. Men's Singles - 3rd Rnd.
Andy Murray (GBR)[3] v. Janko Tipsarevic (SRB)

Court 1 11:00

1. Men's Singles - 3rd Rnd.
Nicolas Almagro (ESP)[31] v. Fernando Verdasco (ESP)[8]
2. Women's Singles - 3rd Rnd.
Dinara Safina (RUS)[1] v. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS)[27]
3. Men's Singles - 3rd Rnd.
Robin Soderling (SWE)[23] v. David Ferrer (ESP)[14]
4. Women's Singles - 3rd Rnd.
Victoria Azarenka (BLR)[9] v. Carla Suarez Navarro (ESP)[22]

Court 2 11:00

1. Women's Doubles - 2nd Rnd.
A. Medina Garrigues (ESP)[3] v. Ekaterina Dzehalevich (BLR)
Virginia Ruano Pascual (ESP)[3] Andreja Klepac (SLO)
2. Women's Singles - 3rd Rnd.
Dominika Cibulkova (SVK)[20] v. Gisela Dulko (ARG)
3. Men's Singles - 3rd Rnd.
Radek Stepanek (CZE)[18] v. Marin Cilic (CRO)[13]
4. Women's Doubles - 2nd Rnd.
Gisela Dulko (ARG) v. Serena Williams (USA)[5]
Agnes Szavay (HUN) Venus Williams (USA)[5]

Court 3 11:00

1. Women's Doubles - 2nd Rnd.
Bethanie Mattek-Sands (USA)[10] v. Alona Bondarenko (UKR)
Nadia Petrova (RUS)[10] Kateryna Bondarenko (UKR)
2. Men's Doubles - 2nd Rnd.
Julien Benneteau (FRA) v. Travis Parrott (USA)[15]
Nicolas Mahut (FRA) Filip Polasek (SVK)[15]
3. Women's Doubles - 2nd Rnd.
Chia-Jung Chuang (TPE)[14] v. Agnieszka Radwanska (POL)
Sania Mirza (IND)[14] Urszula Radwanska (POL)
4. Men's Doubles - 1st Rnd.
Josselin Ouanna (FRA) v. Mahesh Bhupathi (IND)[4]
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) Mark Knowles (BAH)[4]

Court 6 11:00

1. Men's Doubles - 2nd Rnd.
Simon Aspelin (SWE) v. Frantisek Cermak (CZE)[12]
Paul Hanley (AUS) Michal Mertinak (SVK)[12]
2. Men's Doubles - 2nd Rnd.
Simone Bolelli (ITA) v. Bruno Soares (BRA)[5]
Andreas Seppi (ITA) Kevin Ullyett (ZIM)[5]
3. Women's Doubles - 2nd Rnd.
Cara Black (ZIM)[1] v. Jelena Dokic (AUS)
Liezel Huber (USA)[1] Alisa Kleybanova (RUS)
4. Men's Doubles - 2nd Rnd.
Lukas Dlouhy (CZE)[3] v. James Cerretani (USA)
Leander Paes (IND)[3] Sergiy Stakhovsky (UKR)

Court 7 11:00

1. Men's Doubles - 2nd Rnd.
Julian Knowle (AUT) v. Pablo Cuevas (URU)[8]
Jurgen Melzer (AUT) Luis Horna (PER)[8]
2. Men's Singles - 3rd Rnd.
Nikolay Davydenko (RUS)[10] v. Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI)[17]
3. Women's Singles - 3rd Rnd.
Na Li (CHN)[25] v. Olga Govortsova (BLR)
4. Mixed Doubles
Liezel Huber (USA)[1] v. Bethanie Mattek-Sands (USA)
Bob Bryan (USA)[1] Kevin Ullyett (ZIM)

Court 16 11:00

1. Men's Doubles - 2nd Rnd.
Jaroslav Levinsky (CZE) v. Marcel Granollers (ESP)
Igor Zelenay (SVK) Santiago Ventura (ESP)
2. Men's Doubles - 2nd Rnd.
Wesley Moodie (RSA) v. Jan Hernych (CZE)
Dick Norman (BEL) Christophe Rochus (BEL)
3. Mixed Doubles
Flavia Pennetta (ITA) v. Kveta Peschke (CZE)
Dusan Vemic (SRB) Frantisek Cermak (CZE)
4. Mixed Doubles
Virginia Ruano Pascual (ESP)[8] v. Vania King (USA)
Stephen Huss (AUS)[8] Marcelo Melo (BRA)

Court 17 11:00

1. Men's Doubles - 2nd Rnd.
Mariusz Fyrstenberg (POL)[6] v. Marc Lopez (ESP)
Marcin Matkowski (POL)[6] Tommy Robredo (ESP)

*2. Men's Singles - 2nd Rnd.
Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER)[29] v. Juan Carlos Ferrero (ESP)
To Finish 6-4 2-6 6-4 6-7(3)*

2. Men's Doubles - 2nd Rnd.
Michael Kohlmann (GER) v. Lukasz Kubot (POL)[9]
Alexander Waske (GER) Oliver Marach (AUT)[9]
3. Women's Doubles - 2nd Rnd.
Lourdes Dominguez Lino (ESP) v. Samantha Stosur (AUS)[4]
Sara Errani (ITA) Rennae Stubbs (AUS)[4]
4. Men's Doubles - 2nd Rnd.
Igor Kunitsyn (RUS) v. Fabio Fognini (ITA)
Dmitry Tursunov (RUS) Teimuraz Gabashvili (RUS)


Thursday, May 28, 2009

Day 5: Le Colisée

French player Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (R) shakes hands with Argentinian player Juan Monaco at the end of their French Open tennis second round match on May 28, 2009 at Roland Garros stadium in Paris. Tsonga won 7-5, 2-6, 6-1, 7-6.
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I wasn't able to see the whole match, but the battle royale that unfolded on Court Philippe Chatrier between native son Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Argentine Juan Monaco had all the character of an ancient gladiatorial contest.

I swear. The terra battue was red with blood by the time the last ball was struck. It was the most intense physical battle I've seen since that Australian Open semifinal in January. You know the one.

If you weren't in the same room and you heard, through, say, an open door, the gladiators trying to vanquish each other, you would've thought a sharp-horned goat was butting them in the gut again and again.

The native son prevailed 7-5, 2-6, 6-1, 7-6(8).

Speaking of native sons, Jeremy Chardy advanced in five sets, Gaël Monfils and Marc Gicquel in four, Paul-Henri Mathieu in straights.

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US player Venus Williams (R) shakes hands with Czech player Lucie Safarova at the end of their French Open tennis second round match on May 28, 2009 at Roland Garros stadium in Paris. The event, the second Grand Slam tournament of 2009, runs from May 24 to June 7, 2009. Williams won 6-7, 6-2, 7-5.
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Earlier, Venus Williams raised the decibel level on her grunts to fight off a match point with a backhand winner down the line, thank you very much, against a gritty, slapstick-hitting, side-eye giving Lucie Safarova in their match held over from yesterday.

Ring a bell? What is it about these itty-bitty Czech women able to hit the cover off the ball?

Safarova got tight when it really mattered, missing a forehand down the line up 5-4, 30-0 on Venus' serve and boy did she pay the price. Three match points in a row might have been too wild a lion for Venus to slay. If anybody could do it, she could. But she didn't have to. One was all Safarova got. Her heart had to hurt watching that backhand clean the baseline as it whizzed by. Two games later, when her forehand hit the net cord and fell back on her side, Safarova was out of the tournament. 6-7(5), 6-2, 7-5.

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There's a headline about the classy comeback of Roger Federer against Jose Acasuso. I've said all I'm going to say about that match in the open thread earlier today and on twitter.

I'm still trying to digest that American male tennis player's march to the third round without dropping a set. And he took out a Czech player (there's a theme here) who defeated a Spanish clay court specialist in the first round in straight sets.

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Almost forgot. If you blinked, you missed a focused and serene Serena Williams demolish Virginia Ruano Pascual 6-2, 6-0 in less than an hour.

PARIS - MAY 28:  Serena Williams of the USA (R) and Virginia Ruano Pascual of Spain meet at the net following their Women's Singles Second Round match on day five of the French Open at Roland Garros on May 28, 2009 in Paris, France.
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If It Wasn't For Bad Luck

PARIS - MAY 28:  Jelena Dokic of Australia retires injured from her Women's Singles Second Round match against Elena Dementieva of Russia on day five of the French Open at Roland Garros on May 28, 2009 in Paris, France.
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No luck at all.

There's just nothing else to say about Jelena Dokic, my newest love, having to retire with a back injury en route to a potential upset over Elena Dementieva.

No luck at all.

Face Of The Day

Andy Roddick of the U.S. reacts after winning his match against Ivo Minar of the Czech Republic at the French Open tennis tournament at Roland Garros in Paris May 28, 2009.
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André Roddique* makes the 3rd round of the French Open, his best showing at Roland Garros since he first played it in 2001, without dropping a set.

Excuse me while I go collect my jaw from the hardwood floor.

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*Moose, who used to contribute here, came up with that.

Skin Flicks

For all you gentlemen and ladies who enjoy scantily dressed women, check out these photos of Dominika Cibulkova, Victoria Azarenka, Alona Bondarenko, and Anna Chakvetadze.

I barely recognized Anna.

Pure Poetry

Just in case any of you missed it, Savannah wrote a glorious preview of Roland Garros entitled "It's Time To Get Down and Dirty" that magnificently encapsulates this majestic sport we love so much.

Pure poetry.

Roland Garros 2009 Day 5 Open Thread

Young spectators pose as they attend the French Open tennis second round match between French player Aravane Rezai and Slovanian player Polona Hercog during their on May 27, 2009 at Roland Garros stadium in Paris. The event, the second Grand Slam tournament of 2009, runs from May 24 to June 7, 2009.
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The bottom half of both draws play second round matches today. Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Andy Roddick, Serena Williams, Jelena Jankovic and Svetlana Kuznetsova are all on the roster today.

Venus Williams
will finishe her held over match from yesterday. Can she stave off an upset? How will Jelena Dokic fare against Elena Dementieva? Will Alexa Glatch slice her way to another victory?

Thursday Order of Play

Court Philippe Chatrier 11:00

1. Women's Singles - 2nd Rnd.
Marion Bartoli (FRA)[13] v. Tathiana Garbin (ITA)
2. Men's Singles - 2nd Rnd.
Jose Acasuso (ARG) v. Roger Federer (SUI)[2]
3. Women's Singles - 2nd Rnd.
Virginia Ruano Pascual (ESP) v. Serena Williams (USA)[2]
4. Men's Singles - 2nd Rnd.
Victor Crivoi (ROU) v. Gael Monfils (FRA)[11]

Court Suzanne Lenglen 11:00

1. Women's Singles - 2nd Rnd.
Jelena Jankovic (SRB)[5] v. Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK)

*Not Before 12:00
2. Women's Singles - 2nd Rnd.
Lucie Safarova (CZE) v Venus Williams (USA)[3] To Finish 7-6(5)3*

2. Women's Singles - 2nd Rnd.
Alize Cornet (FRA)[21] v. Sorana Cirstea (ROU)
3. Men's Singles - 2nd Rnd.
Juan Monaco (ARG) v. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA)[9]
4. Men's Singles - 2nd Rnd.
Sergiy Stakhovsky (UKR) v. Novak Djokovic (SRB)[4]

Court 1 11:00

1. Men's Singles - 2nd Rnd.
Jeremy Chardy (FRA) v. Simone Bolelli (ITA)

*Not Before 12:00
2. Men's Singles - 2nd Rnd.
Nikolay Davydenko (RUS)[10] v Diego Junqueira (ARG)
To Finish 4-6 6-3 6-0 2-2 *

2. Women's Singles - 2nd Rnd.
Virginie Razzano (FRA) v. A. Medina Garrigues (ESP)[18]
3. Men's Singles - 2nd Rnd.
Paul-Henri Mathieu (FRA)[32] v. Pablo Andujar (ESP)
4. Women's Singles - 2nd Rnd.
Jelena Dokic (AUS) v. Elena Dementieva (RUS)[4]

Court 2 11:00

1. Women's Singles - 2nd Rnd.
Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS)[7] v. Galina Voskoboeva (KAZ)
2. Women's Singles - 2nd Rnd.
Jill Craybas (USA) v. Caroline Wozniacki (DEN)[10]
3. Men's Singles - 2nd Rnd.
Arnaud Clement (FRA) v. Christophe Rochus (BEL)
4. Men's Singles - 2nd Rnd.
Andy Roddick (USA)[6] v. Ivo Minar (CZE)
5. Women's Doubles - 1st Rnd.
Serena Williams (USA)[5] v. Andrea Hlavackova (CZE)
Venus Williams (USA)[5] Lucie Hradecka (CZE)
To Finish 6-1 3-6 4-3

Court 3 11:00

1. Men's Singles - 2nd Rnd.
Tommy Robredo (ESP)[16] v. Daniel Gimeno-Traver (ESP)
2. Women's Singles - 2nd Rnd.
Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez (ESP) v. Viktoriya Kutuzova (UKR)
3. Men's Singles - 2nd Rnd.
Jurgen Melzer (AUT)[24] v. Guillaume Rufin (FRA)
4. Men's Doubles - 1st Rnd.
Josselin Ouanna (FRA) v. Mahesh Bhupathi (IND)[4]
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) Mark Knowles (BAH)[4]

Court 4 11:00
1. Women's Singles - 2nd Rnd.
Jarmila Groth (AUS) v. Mariana Duque Marino (COL)
2. Women's Doubles - 2nd Rnd.
Anna-Lena Groenefeld (GER)[11] v. Mathilde Johansson (FRA)
Patty Schnyder (SUI)[11] Pauline Parmentier (FRA)
3. Women's Doubles - 2nd Rnd.
Lucie Safarova (CZE) v. Vera Dushevina (RUS)
Vladimira Uhlirova (CZE) Anastasia Rodionova (AUS)
4. Women's Doubles - 2nd Rnd.
T.B.D. v. Maria Kirilenko (RUS)[8]
Flavia Pennetta (ITA)[8]

Court 5 11:00

1. Men's Singles - 2nd Rnd.
Martin Vassallo Arguello (ARG) v. Igor Andreev (RUS)[25]
2. Women's Doubles - 2nd Rnd.
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) v. Iveta Benesova (CZE)
Francesca Schiavone (ITA) Barbora Zahlavova Strycova (CZE)
3. Men's Doubles - 1st Rnd.
Johan Brunstrom (SWE) v. Igor Andreev (RUS)
Jean-Julien Rojer (AHO) Evgeny Korolev (RUS)

Court 6 11:00

1. Men's Singles - 2nd Rnd.
Andreas Seppi (ITA) v. Maximo Gonzalez (ARG)
2. Men's Singles - 2nd Rnd.
Leonardo Mayer (ARG) v. Tommy Haas (GER)
3. Women's Singles - 2nd Rnd.
Samantha Stosur (AUS)[30] v. Yanina Wickmayer (BEL)
4. Men's Doubles - 1st Rnd.
Robby Ginepri (USA) v. Bob Bryan (USA)[2]
Robert Kendrick (USA) Mike Bryan (USA)[2]

Court 7 11:00

1. Women's Singles - 2nd Rnd.
Alexa Glatch (USA) v. Lourdes Dominguez Lino (ESP)
2. Men's Singles - 2nd Rnd.
Juan Martin Del Potro (ARG)[5] v. Viktor Troicki (SRB)
3. Men's Singles - 2nd Rnd.
Andreas Beck (GER) v. Marc Gicquel (FRA)
4. Women's Singles - 2nd Rnd.
Mariya Koryttseva (UKR) v. Agnieszka Radwanska (POL)[12]

Court 8 11:00

1. Men's Doubles - 1st Rnd.
Jamie Murray (GBR) v. Leos Friedl (CZE)
Pavel Vizner (CZE) David Skoch (CZE)
2. Men's Doubles - 1st Rnd.
Simon Aspelin (SWE) v. Feliciano Lopez (ESP)
Paul Hanley (AUS) Fernando Verdasco (ESP)
3. Women's Doubles - 2nd Rnd.
Maret Ani (EST) v. Vania King (USA)[13]
Kaia Kanepi (EST) Monica Niculescu (ROU)[13]
4. Men's Doubles - 1st Rnd.
David Ferrer (ESP) v. Ivo Karlovic (CRO)
Daniel Gimeno-Traver (ESP) Lovro Zovko (CRO)

Court 9 11:00

1. Women's Doubles - 2nd Rnd.
Olga Savchuk (UKR) v. Su-Wei Hsieh (TPE)[9]
Tiantian Sun (CHN) Shuai Peng (CHN)[9]
2. Men's Doubles - 1st Rnd.
Jeff Coetzee (RSA)[11] v. Jaroslav Levinsky (CZE)
Jordan Kerr (AUS)[11] Igor Zelenay (SVK)
3. Mixed Doubles
Chia-Jung Chuang (TPE) v. Su-Wei Hsieh (TPE)
Christopher Kas (GER) Ashley Fisher (AUS)
4. Mixed Doubles
Virginie Razzano (FRA) v. Cara Black (ZIM)[2]
Jeff Coetzee (RSA) Leander Paes (IND)[2]

Court 10 11:00

1. Women's Doubles - 2nd Rnd.
Zi Yan (CHN)[16] v. Klaudia Jans (POL)
Jie Zheng (CHN)[16] Alicja Rosolska (POL)
2. Men's Doubles - 1st Rnd.
Marcel Granollers (ESP) v. Philipp Petzschner (GER)
Santiago Ventura (ESP) Alexander Peya (AUT)
3. Mixed Doubles
Severine Bremond Beltrame (FRA) v. Julie Coin (FRA)
Robert Lindstedt (SWE) Nicolas Mahut (FRA)
4. Mixed Doubles
Alisa Kleybanova (RUS) v. Zi Yan (CHN)[7]
Bruno Soares (BRA) Nenad Zimonjic (SRB)[7]

Court 11 11:00

1. Women's Doubles - 2nd Rnd.
Julie Ditty (USA) v. Kveta Peschke (CZE)[2]
Maria-Emilia Salerni (ARG) Lisa Raymond (USA)[2]
2. Men's Doubles - 1st Rnd.
Eric Butorac (USA) v. Michael Kohlmann (GER)
Scott Lipsky (USA) Alexander Waske (GER)
3. Mixed Doubles
Lisa Raymond (USA)[3] v. Rennae Stubbs (AUS)
Marcin Matkowski (POL)[3] Ross Hutchins (GBR)
4. Mixed Doubles
Raquel Kops-Jones (USA) v. Nadia Petrova (RUS)[4]
Eric Butorac (USA) Max Mirnyi (BLR)[4]

Court 14 11:00

1. Men's Doubles - 1st Rnd.
Rik De Voest (RSA)[14] v. Yen-Hsun Lu (TPE)
Ashley Fisher (AUS)[14] Frank Moser (GER)
2. Men's Doubles - 1st Rnd.
Daniel Nestor (CAN)[1] v. Lucas Arnold Ker (ARG)
Nenad Zimonjic (SRB)[1] Horacio Zeballos (ARG)
3. Men's Doubles - 1st Rnd.
Fabio Fognini (ITA) v. Petr Pala (CZE)
Teimuraz Gabashvili (RUS) Radek Stepanek (CZE)
4. Mixed Doubles
Elena Vesnina (RUS)[6] v. Stephanie Cohen-Aloro (FRA)
Daniel Nestor (CAN)[6] Thierry Ascione (FRA)

Court 16 11:00

1. Women's Doubles - 2nd Rnd.
Severine Bremond Beltrame (FRA) v. Victoria Azarenka (BLR)[12]
Julie Coin (FRA) Elena Vesnina (RUS)[12]
2. Women's Doubles - 2nd Rnd.
Daniela Hantuchova (SVK)[7] v. Ekaterina Makarova (RUS)
Ai Sugiyama (JPN)[7] Arantxa Parra Santonja (ESP)
3. Men's Doubles - 1st Rnd.
Mathieu Montcourt (FRA) v. Lukasz Kubot (POL)[9]
Edouard Roger-Vasselin (FRA) Oliver Marach (AUT)[9]
4. Men 's Doubles - 1st Rnd.
Simone Bolelli (ITA) v. Sebastien Grosjean (FRA)
Andreas Seppi (ITA) Nicolas Lapentti (ECU)
5. Mixed Doubles
Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) v. Sybille Bammer (AUT)
Filip Polasek (SVK) Lukasz Kubot (POL)

Court 17 11:00

1. Women's Singles - 2nd Rnd.
Petra Martic (CRO) v. Aleksandra Wozniak (CAN)[24]
2. Women's Singles - 2nd Rnd.
Melinda Czink (HUN) v. Sybille Bammer (AUT)[28]
3. Women's Singles - 2nd Rnd.
Kateryna Bondarenko (UKR) v. Olivia Rogowska (AUS)
4. Men's Singles - 2nd Rnd.
Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER)[29] v. Juan Carlos Ferrero (ESP)

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Face Of The Day

French player Mathieu Montcourt rests during a break of his French Open tennis second round match against Czech player Radek Stepanek on May 27, 2009 at Roland Garros stadium in Paris. The event, the second Grand Slam tournament of 2009, runs from May 24 to June 7, 2009.
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French player Mathieu Montcourt rests during a break of his French Open tennis second round match against Czech player Radek Stepanek on May 27, 2009 at Roland Garros stadium in Paris.

Day 4: Au Revoir

They call him magician. Fabrice Santoro played his last singles match at Roland Garros, bowing out to Belgian Christophe Rochus in a four-set match held over from yesterday. The magician, whom someone in the know said Parisian fans don't even like, gave them something to talk about anyway.

PARIS - MAY 27:   Fabrice Santoro of France acknowledges the crowd following his Men's Singles Second Round match against Christophe Rochus of Belgium on day four of the French Open at Roland Garros on May 27, 2009 in Paris, France.
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Au revoir, Fabrice.

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They call him mercurial. Marat Safin played his last singles match, bowing out to 23-year-0ld French wild card Josselin Ouanna. 7-6(2), 7-6(4), 4-6, 3-6, 10-8. Marat struck 86 winners to 75 errors; Josselin 62 to 61. Match of the event so far. After falling behind two sets to love, Marat stormed back to force a deciding set, and as is often the case, serving second in a set with no tiebreak eventually broke his resolve.

Ouanna was playing on fumes. I truly thought he'd bow out after dropping the fourth set. After all, he already survived a five-set match to get here. But he wouldn't give up and he wouldn't give in.

Marat fought to the bitter end. No huge walkabouts. Not much flailing on the forehand. He showed fire and deep desire. Can't strike all those winners on clay without both. But, alas, as is often the case, serving second in a set with no tiebreak eventually breaks a player's resolve. Marat looped a forehand wide to surrender the war.


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Au revoir, Marat.

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As for Ouanna, what a talent. Huge serve, whipping forehand, smooth-as-satin backhand that he can fire flat down the line, loop high with heavy topspin, slice low into the ground, slide a deft volley barely over the net. His game reminds me of Hicham Arazi's. But Ouanna possesses a huge heart.

The French tennis federation must be beside itself with its pick. It ran this one-on-one with him Monday.



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Bonjour, Josselin.

Shaking My Head And Cussing

Venus and Serena Williams got completely shafted by the scheduling today. Especially Venus, who only got in one set of her singles match, which she lost in a tiebreak. It was moved from Chatrier to Lenglen, but it could have been moved much earlier to Court 2, where the sisters' held over doubles match was scheduled even later.

Screenshot: Waiting For Rafa



Rafa is featured in Vogue. He's really come out of his shell, no?

(Thanks, Beth)

Roland Garros 2009 Day 4 Open Thread

A tennis ball lies on the clay court during the opening match between French players Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Julien Benneteau at the French Open at Roland Garros in Paris May 26, 2009.
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My body is stiff, but I'm awake. Rain hasn't arrived yet, so I may have to get back in the dirt. Unless someone changes their outfits, we'll have to endure those fashion faux pas once again todoay.

I'm hoping Potito Starace can bring his A-game to Andy Murray. Can Josselin Ouanna continue his great form against mercurial Marat? Lucie Safarava could be hell for Venus and if Karen is correct, Nadia Petrova should take out Maria Sharapova. I'm not holding my breath

Tuesday Order of Play.

Court Phillipe Chatrier 11:00


1. Men's Singles - 2nd Rnd.
Andy Murray (GBR)[3] v. Potito Starace (ITA)
2. Women's Singles - 2nd Rnd.

*Not Before 12:00
2. Women's Singles - 1st Rnd.
Alize Cornet (FRA)[21] v Maret Ani (EST)
To Finish 6-4 4-4*

Tamarine Tanasugarn (THA) v. Ana Ivanovic (SRB)[8]
3. Men's Singles - 2nd Rnd.
Josselin Ouanna (FRA) v. Marat Safin (RUS)[20]
4. Women's Singles - 2nd Rnd.
Venus Williams (USA)[3] v. Lucie Safarova (CZE)

Court Suzanne Lenglen 11:00

1. Women's Singles - 2nd Rnd.
Dinara Safina (RUS)[1] v. Vitalia Diatchenko (RUS)

*Not Before 12:00
2. Men's Singles - 1st Rnd.
Christophe Rochus (BEL) v. Fabrice Santoro (FRA)
To Finish 6-3 6-1 3-6 5-3*

2. Men's Singles - 2nd Rnd.
Robert Kendrick (USA) v. Gilles Simon (FRA)[7]
3. Women's Singles - 2nd Rnd.
Nadia Petrova (RUS)[11] v. Maria Sharapova (RUS)
4. Men's Singles - 2nd Rnd.
Rafael Nadal (ESP)[1] v. Teimuraz Gabashvili (RUS)

Court 1 11:00

1. Women's Singles - 2nd Rnd.
Julie Coin (FRA) v. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS)[27]
2. Women's Singles - 2nd Rnd.
Polona Hercog (SLO) v. Aravane Rezai (FRA)
3. Men's Singles - 2nd Rnd.
Radek Stepanek (CZE)[18] v. Mathieu Montcourt (FRA)
4. Men's Singles - 2nd Rnd.
Nikolay Davydenko (RUS)[10] v. Diego Junqueira (ARG)

Court 2 11:00

1. Women's Singles - 2nd Rnd.
Victoria Azarenka (BLR)[9] v. Kristina Barrois (GER)
2. Men's Singles - 2nd Rnd.
Philipp Petzschner (GER) v. Fernando Verdasco (ESP)[8]
3. Men's Singles - 2nd Rnd.
Nicolas Massu (CHI) v. Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI)[17]
4. Men's Doubles - 1st Rnd.
Dusan Vemic (SRB) v. Michael Llodra (FRA)
Mischa Zverev (GER) Fabrice Santoro (FRA)

*Women's Doubles - 1st Rnd.
Serena Williams (USA)[5] v. Andrea Hlavackova (CZE)
Venus Williams (USA)[5] Lucie Hradecka (CZE)
To Finish 6-1 3-6 4-3*

Court 3 11:00

1. Men's Singles - 2nd Rnd.
Fernando Gonzalez (CHI)[12] v. Rui Machado (POR)
2. Men's Singles - 2nd Rnd.
Dudi Sela (ISR) v. Marin Cilic (CRO)[13
3. Women's Singles - 2nd Rnd.
Iveta Benesova (CZE)[32] v. Alla Kudryavtseva (RUS)
4. Women's Doubles - 1st Rnd.
Daniela Hantuchova (SVK)[7] v. Emilie Loit (FRA)
Ai Sugiyama (JPN)[7] Kristina Mladenovic (FRA)

Court 4 11:00

1. Women's Singles - 2nd Rnd.
Arantxa Rus (NED) v. Yaroslava Shvedova (KAZ)
2. Women's Singles - 2nd Rnd.
Elena Vesnina (RUS) v. Agnes Szavay (HUN)[29]
3. Women's Doubles - 1st Rnd.
Sorana Cirstea (ROU) v. Maria Kirilenko (RUS)[8]
Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) Flavia Pennetta (ITA)[8]
4. Women's Doubles - 1st Rnd.
Stephanie Cohen-Aloro (FRA) v. Victoria Azarenka (BLR)[12]
Alize Cornet (FRA) Elena Vesnina (RUS)[12]

Court 5 11:00

1. Men's Singles - 2nd Rnd.
Victor Hanescu (ROU)[30] v. Mikhail Youzhny (RUS)
2. Women's Singles - 2nd Rnd.
Akgul Amanmuradova (UZB) v. Olga Govortsova (BLR)
3. Women's Doubles - 1st Rnd.
Kinnie Laisne (FRA) v. Maret Ani (EST)
Stephanie Vongsouthi (FRA) Kaia Kanepi (EST)
4. Women's Doubles - 1st Rnd.
Yaroslava Shvedova (KAZ) v. Jill Craybas (USA)
Tamarine Tanasugarn (THA) Carly Gullickson (USA)

Court 6 11:00

1. Men's Singles - 2nd Rnd.
Janko Tipsarevic (SRB) v. Feliciano Lopez (ESP)[28]
2. Women's Singles - 2nd Rnd.
Dominika Cibulkova (SVK)[20] v. Kirsten Flipkens (BEL)
3. Women's Singles - 2nd Rnd.
Gisela Dulko (ARG) v. Anna-Lena Groenefeld (GER)
4. Men's Singles - 2nd Rnd.
Robin Soderling (SWE)[23] v. Denis Istomin (UZB)

Court 7 11:00

1. Women's Singles - 2nd Rnd.
Na Li (CHN)[25] v. Timea Bacsinszky (SUI)

*Not Before 12:00
2. Men's Singles - 1st Rnd.
Dmitry Tursunov (RUS)[21] v. Arnaud Clement (FRA)
To Finish 3-6 6-3*

2. Women's Singles - 2nd Rnd.
Michelle Larcher De Brito (POR) v. Jie Zheng (CHN)[15]
3. Men's Singles - 2nd Rnd.
Nicolas Kiefer (GER) v. David Ferrer (ESP)[14]
4. Men's Singles - 2nd Rnd.
Andrey Golubev (KAZ) v. Lleyton Hewitt (AUS)

Court 8 11:00

1. Women's Doubles - 1st Rnd.
Sophie Lefevre (FRA) v. Alona Bondarenko (UKR)
Aurelie Vedy (FRA) Kateryna Bondarenko (UKR)
2. Men's Doubles - 1st Rnd.
Marc Lopez (ESP) v. Juan Ignacio Chela (ARG)
Tommy Robredo (ESP) Eduardo Schwank (ARG)
3. Men's Doubles - 1st Rnd.
Jan Hernych (CZE) v. Andreas Beck (GER)
Christophe Rochus (BEL) Jean-Claude Scherrer (SUI)
4. Men's Doubles - 1st Rnd.
Stephen Huss (AUS)[13] v. Jose Acasuso (ARG)
Ross Hutchins (GBR)[13] Fernando Gonzalez (CHI)
5. Women's Doubles - 1st Rnd.
A. Medina Garrigues (ESP)[3] v. Dominika Cibulkova (SVK)
Virginia Ruano Pascual (ESP)[3] Virginie Razzano (FRA)

Court 9 11:00

1. Women's Doubles - 1st Rnd.
Julie Ditty (USA) v. Marta Domachowska (POL)
Maria-Emilia Salerni (ARG) Tamira Paszek (AUT)
2. Women's Doubles - 1st Rnd.
Chia-Jung Chuang (TPE)[14] v. Ipek Senoglu (TUR)
Sania Mirza (IND)[14] Yanina Wickmayer (BEL)
3. Women's Doubles - 1st Rnd.
Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) v. Mariya Koryttseva (UKR)
Arantxa Parra Santonja (ESP) Galina Voskoboeva (KAZ)
4. Men's Doubles - 1st Rnd.
Marcelo Melo (BRA)[10] v. Igor Kunitsyn (RUS)
Andre Sa (BRA)[10] Dmitry Tursunov (RUS)

Court 10 11:00

1. Women's Doubles - 1st Rnd.
Tathiana Garbin (ITA) v. Kveta Peschke (CZE)[2]
Roberta Vinci (ITA) Lisa Raymond (USA)[2]
2. Women's Doubles - 1st Rnd.
Cara Black (ZIM)[1] v. Melinda Czink (HUN)
Liezel Huber (USA)[1] Natalie Grandin (RSA)
3. Men's Doubles - 1st Rnd.
Maximo Gonzalez (ARG) v. Frantisek Cermak (CZE)[12]
Juan Monaco (ARG) Michal Mertinak (SVK)[12]
4. Women's Doubles - 1st Rnd.
Nuria Llagostera Vives (ESP)[6] v. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS)
Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez (ESP)[6] Francesca Schiavone (ITA)
5. Women's Doubles - 1st Rnd.
Jelena Dokic (AUS) v. Petra Cetkovska (CZE)
Alisa Kleybanova (RUS) Carla Suarez Navarro (ESP)

Court 11 11:00

1. Women's Doubles - 1st Rnd.
Ekaterina Dzehalevich (BLR) v. Eva Hrdinova (CZE)
Andreja Klepac (SLO) Nicole Vaidisova (CZE)
2. Men's Doubles - 1st Rnd.
Julian Knowle (AUT) v. Oscar Hernandez (ESP)
Jurgen Melzer (AUT) Albert Montanes (ESP)
3. Women's Doubles - 1st Rnd.
Liga Dekmeijere (LAT) v. Su-Wei Hsieh (TPE)[9]
Aleksandra Wozniak (CAN) Shuai Peng (CHN)[9]
4. Men's Doubles - 1st Rnd.
Rajeev Ram (USA) v. Andrei Pavel (ROU)
Bobby Reynolds (USA) Horia Tecau (ROU)
5. Men's Doubles - 1st Rnd.
David Martin (USA) v. Travis Parrott (USA)[15]
Sam Querrey (USA) Filip Polasek (SVK)[15]

Court 14 11:00

1. Men's Doubles - 1st Rnd.
Mariusz Fyrstenberg (POL)[6] v. Sebastian Prieto (ARG)
Marcin Matkowski (POL)[6] Martin Vassallo Arguello (ARG)
2. Women's Doubles - 1st Rnd.
Vera Dushevina (RUS) v. Nathalie Dechy (FRA)[15]
Anastasia Rodionova (AUS) Mara Santangelo (ITA)[15]
3. Men's Doubles - 1st Rnd.
Rohan Bopanna (IND) v. Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (ESP)
Jonathan Erlich (ISR) Sergio Roitman (ARG)
4. Women's Doubles - 1st Rnd.
Viktoriya Kutuzova (UKR) v. Agnieszka Radwanska (POL)
Aravane Rezai (FRA) Urszula Radwanska (POL)
5. Men's Doubles - 1st Rnd.
Max Mirnyi (BLR)[7] v. Wesley Moodie (RSA)
Andy Ram (ISR)[7] Dick Norman (BEL)

Court 16 11:00

1. Women's Doubles - 1st Rnd.
Mathilde Johansson (FRA) v. Violette Huck (FRA)
Pauline Parmentier (FRA) Laura Thorpe (FRA)
2. Men's Doubles - 1st Rnd.
Jeremy Chardy (FRA) v. Bruno Soares (BRA)[5]
Marc Gicquel (FRA) Kevin Ullyett (ZIM)[5]
3. Women's Doubles - 1st Rnd.
Tsvetana Pironkova (BUL) v. Samantha Stosur (AUS)[4]
Selima Sfar (TUN) Rennae Stubbs (AUS)[4]
4. Men's Doubles - 1st Rnd.
James Cerretani (USA) v. Nicolas Almagro (ESP)
Sergiy Stakhovsky (UKR) Ivan Navarro (ESP)
5. Men's Doubles - 1st Rnd.
Christopher Kas (GER) v. Martin Damm (CZE)[16]
Rogier Wassen (NED) Robert Lindstedt (SWE)[16]

Court 17 11:00

1. Men's Singles - 2nd Rnd.
Nicolas Almagro (ESP)[31] v. Ernests Gulbis (LAT)
2. Women's Singles - 2nd Rnd.
Lucie Hradecka (CZE) v. Carla Suarez Navarro (ESP)[22]
3. Men's Doubles - 1st Rnd.
Julien Benneteau (FRA) v. Jerome Haehnel (FRA)
Nicolas Mahut (FRA) Florent Serra (FRA)
4. Men's Doubles - 1st Rnd.
Arnaud Clement (FRA) v. Pablo Cuevas (URU)[8]
Nicolas Devilder (FRA) Luis Horna (PER)[8]
5. Men's Doubles - 1st Rnd.
Lukas Dlouhy (CZE)[3] v. Sebastien De Chaunac (FRA)
Leander Paes (IND)[3] Benoit Paire (FRA)

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Day 3: Nine Match Points

Serena Williams of the U.S. celebrates after winning her match against Klara Zakopalova of the Czech Republic during the French Open tennis tournament at Roland Garros in Paris May 26, 2009.
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I'm so tired, I can hardly see. Not because Serena Williams wore me out by choking not once, but twice, to add far too much drama to what ought to have been a routine straight-set drubbing. Instead, she couldn't put away 8 match points against serve, in the middle of that she double-faulted to drop the second set, and despite serving for the match twice, both times having been down a break only to reel off 5 straight games to earn match points, both times she fell behind 0-40 and ultimately dropped serve.

I couldn't stop thinking about Mathilde Johansson from Day 1 as I twittered and tweeted all my frustration.

The gritty, slapstick-hitting, side-eye giving Klara Zakopalova, who dismissed Serena in three sets in Marbella a few weeks back, fought like a wounded animal to save 8 of 9 match points on her own serve. It took a forehand error on the 9th for her to finally surrender.

6-3, 7-6(5), 6-4.

Serena responded as photographed above. You can see her girls were about to jump out of their tight, tight cage.

No. I'm not so tired I can hardly see from any of that. I was in the field preparing it for summer crops. We had a light frost last night, so I'm glad I waited until the first week of June to plant or transplant.

Some of you know I'm a farmer. While the tennis players battled it out on the dirt in Paris today, I battled it out on the dirt in Maine.

I didn't see any other matches, so I trust our illustrious readers will supply more comments, post more links to the good stuff, and forgive my absence till tomorrow morning. It's supposed to rain hard around here so I should be glued to tennis all day.

French Fried

Marion Bartoli of France pumps her fist during her match against compatriot Pauline Parmentier at the French Open tennis tournament at Roland Garros in Paris, May 25, 2009.
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Marion Bartoli, one of my favorites, sums up the anguish that seems to undo so many French players on the terre battue of Roland Garros.

Q. You said you have experience, but you were stressed. Is there a particular reason?

MARION BARTOLI: There's a little reason. First, we are in France. Second, we are in the French Open. Third, we have ‑‑ my results in the French Open haven't been great. Then I also played against a French player, and also, it's clay. So all of this sums it up.

If it had been a green surface on Centre Court in Wimbledon, it would have been different.

Q. You say it's France. It's the French Open. Can you say more about it? When you are a French player playing on center court here, what is the feeling you have?

MARION BARTOLI: I think when you ‑‑ when we are French,we dream of winning the French Open. Since we are kids, we want to be, on Saturday, the last Saturday for girls and the last Sunday for boys, holding this trophy when we are able to play the French Open. It's already a great performance, and we put pressure on ourselves, on our own, because we believe that if we are here, we have to give it our best shot, and we get stressed, and every match is so difficult mentally and for our nerves.

It's because there is a culture of the French Open in France. It's so important for us tennis players that when we are here, we want to give all we have. For some players it's tough. Others are able to play.

Q. You're afraid the crowd will turn against you if you don't play well?

MARION BARTOLI: Yes. People support you when they feel there are long rallies and you are giving the best you have. That was the case in the end of the second set and the third set. We played good rallies.

People were appreciating. But when we make unforced errors on four second serves, I made mistakes, and then people don't support you. So then you start thinking, what are they going to think about me, you become more and more stressed. So it's more difficult for us.

Of course, some players like to play here,but for me, it's very difficult emotionally.

Full interview

(Thanks, Pamela)

Roland Garros 2009 Day 3 Open Thread


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Alright, Serena Williams. I'm not at all interested in you extending your losing streak to five matches, so don't mess around. A big dose of revenge is due Mlle Zakopalova. Serve it up.

James Blake and the two top Serbs begin their campaign, the French fans will relish the all-French affair on Chatrier between Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Julien Bennetteau, and Fabrice Santoro could play his last Roland Garros singles match.

I'm going to leave upset predictions alone.

Tuesday Order Of Play

CHATRIER 11:00

1. Women’s Singles - 1st Rnd.
Jelena Jankovic (SRB)[5] v. Petra Cetkovska (CZE)
2. Men’s Singles - 1st Rnd.
Nicolas Lapentti (ECU) v. Novak Djokovic (SRB)[4]
3. Men’s Singles - 1st Rnd.
Julien Benneteau (FRA) v. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA)[9]
4. Women’s Singles - 1st Rnd.
Alize Cornet (FRA)[21] v. Maret Ani (EST)

LENGLEN 11:00

1. Women’s Singles - 1st Rnd.
Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS)[7] v. Claire Feuerstein (FRA)
2. Men’s Singles - 1st Rnd.
Bobby Reynolds (USA) v. Gael Monfils (FRA)[11]
3. Women’s Singles - 1st Rnd.
Klara Zakopalova (CZE) v. Serena Williams (USA)[2]
4. Men’s Singles - 1st Rnd.
Fabrice Santoro (FRA) v. Christophe Rochus (BEL)

Court 1 11:00

1. Men’s Singles - 1st Rnd.
Juan Martin Del Potro (ARG)[5] v. Michael Llodra (FRA)
2. Women’s Singles - 1st Rnd.
Virginie Razzano (FRA) v. Daniela Hantuchova (SVK)
3. Women’s Singles - 1st Rnd.
Chanelle Scheepers (RSA) v. Elena Dementieva (RUS)[4]
4. Men’s Singles - 1st Rnd.
James Blake (USA)[15] v. Leonardo Mayer (ARG)

Court 2 11:00

1. Women’s Singles - 1st Rnd.
Nathalie Dechy (FRA) v. Sybille Bammer (AUT)[28]
Not Before 12:00
2. Women’s Singles - 1st Rnd.
Vera Dushevina (RUS) v. Caroline Wozniacki (DEN)[10]
3. Men’s Singles - 1st Rnd. To Finish 6-4 5-7
Juan Carlos Ferrero (ESP) v. Ivan Ljubicic (CRO)
4. Men’s Singles - 1st Rnd.
Dmitry Tursunov (RUS)[21] v. Arnaud Clement (FRA)
5. Women’s Singles - 1st Rnd.
Samantha Stosur (AUS)[30] v. Francesca Schiavone (ITA)

Court 3 11:00

1. Men’s Singles - 1st Rnd.
Marc Gicquel (FRA) v. Rainer Schuettler (GER)[27]
2. Men’s Singles - 1st Rnd.
Maximo Gonzalez (ARG) v. Mardy Fish (USA)[22]
3. Women’s Singles - 1st Rnd.
Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) v. A. Medina Garrigues (ESP)[18]
4. Women’s Doubles - 1st Rnd.
Andrea Hlavackova (CZE) v. Serena Williams (USA)[5]
Lucie Hradecka (CZE) Venus Williams (USA)[5]

Court 4 11:00

1. Women’s Singles - 1st Rnd.
Anastasija Sevastova (LAT) v. Melinda Czink (HUN)
2. Men’s Singles - 1st Rnd.
Brian Dabul (ARG) v. Sergiy Stakhovsky (UKR)
3. Women’s Singles - 1st Rnd.
Viktoriya Kutuzova (UKR) v. Zuzana Ondraskova (CZE)

Court 5 11:00

1. Women’s Singles - 1st Rnd.
Mara Santangelo (ITA) v. Petra Martic (CRO)
2. Men’s Singles - 1st Rnd.
Evgeny Korolev (RUS) v. Daniel Gimeno-Traver (ESP)
3. Women’s Singles - 1st Rnd.
Yanina Wickmayer (BEL) v. Urszula Radwanska (POL)
4. Women’s Singles - 1st Rnd.
Carly Gullickson (USA) v. Sorana Cirstea (ROU)

Court 6 11:00

1. Women’s Singles - 1st Rnd.
Galina Voskoboeva (KAZ) v. Sania Mirza (IND)
2. Men’s Singles - 1st Rnd.
Tommy Robredo (ESP)[16] v. Adrian Mannarino (FRA)
3. Women’s Singles - 1st Rnd.
Jelena Dokic (AUS) v. Karolina Sprem (CRO)
4. Men’s Singles - 1st Rnd.
Andrei Pavel (ROU) v. Tommy Haas (GER)

Court 7 11:00

1. Women’s Singles - 1st Rnd.
Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK) v. Kristina Mladenovic (FRA)
2. Men’s Singles - 1st Rnd.
Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER)[29] v. Bernard Tomic (AUS)
3. Men’s Singles - 1st Rnd.
Marcos Baghdatis (CYP) v. Juan Monaco (ARG)
4. Women’s Singles - 1st Rnd.
Shuai Peng (CHN)[31] v. Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez (ESP)

Court 8 11:00

1. Men’s Singles - 1st Rnd.
Ivan Navarro (ESP) v. Andreas Beck (GER)
2. Women’s Doubles - 1st Rnd.
Patricia Mayr (AUT) v. Severine Bremond Beltrame (FRA)
Anastasiya Yakimova (BLR) Julie Coin (FRA)
3. Women’s Doubles - 1st Rnd.
Iveta Benesova (CZE) v. Sybille Bammer (AUT)
Barbora Zahlavova Strycova (CZE) Janette Husarova (SVK)
4. Women’s Doubles - 1st Rnd.
Bethanie Mattek-Sands (USA)[10] v. Ayumi Morita (JPN)
Nadia Petrova (RUS)[10] Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK)

Court 10 11:00

1. Men’s Singles - 1st Rnd.
Viktor Troicki (SRB) v. Lukasz Kubot (POL)
2. Women’s Doubles - 1st Rnd.
Akgul Amanmuradova (UZB) v. Lourdes Dominguez Lino (ESP)
Alla Kudryavtseva (RUS) Sara Errani (ITA)
3. Women’s Doubles - 1st Rnd.
Tathiana Garbin (ITA) v. Kveta Peschke (CZE)[2]
Roberta Vinci (ITA) Lisa Raymond (USA)[2]

Court 11 12:00

1. Women’s Doubles - 1st Rnd.
Zi Yan (CHN)[16] v. Edina Gallovits (ROU)
Jie Zheng (CHN)[16] Olga Govortsova (BLR)
2. Women’s Doubles - 1st Rnd.
Maria Elena Camerin (ITA) v. Gisela Dulko (ARG)
Anna Chakvetadze (RUS) Agnes Szavay (HUN)
3. Women’s Doubles - 1st Rnd.
Raquel Kops-Jones (USA) v. Vania King (USA)[13]
Abigail Spears (USA) Monica Niculescu (ROU)[13]

Court 14 12:00

1. Men’s Singles - 1st Rnd.
Victor Crivoi (ROU) v. Simon Greul (GER)
2. Women’s Doubles - 1st Rnd.
Jarmila Groth (AUS) v. Olga Savchuk (UKR)
Renata Voracova (CZE) Tiantian Sun (CHN)
3. Women’s Doubles - 1st Rnd.
Anna-Lena Groenefeld (GER)[11] v. Kristina Barrois (GER)
Patty Schnyder (SUI)[11] Anne Keothavong (GBR)

Court 16 11:00

1. Women’s Doubles - 1st Rnd.
Mervana Jugic-Salkic (BIH) v. Klaudia Jans (POL)
Tatiana Poutchek (BLR) Alicja Rosolska (POL)
2. Women’s Doubles - 1st Rnd.
Stephanie Foretz (FRA) v. Lucie Safarova (CZE)
Camille Pin (FRA) Vladimira Uhlirova (CZE)
3. Women’s Doubles - 1st Rnd.
Sophie Lefevre (FRA) v. Alona Bondarenko (UKR)
Aurelie Vedy (FRA) Kateryna Bondarenko (UKR)
4. Women’s Doubles - 1st Rnd.
Mathilde Johansson (FRA) v. Violette Huck (FRA)
Pauline Parmentier (FRA) Laura Thorpe (FRA)

Court 17 11:00

1. Women’s Singles - 1st Rnd.
Monica Niculescu (ROU) v. Aleksandra Wozniak (CAN)[24]
2. Women’s Singles - 1st Rnd.
Virginia Ruano Pascual (ESP) v. Nicole Vaidisova (CZE)
3. Men’s Singles - 1st Rnd.
Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (ESP) v. Andreas Seppi (ITA)
4. Women’s Doubles - 1st Rnd.
Ekaterina Dzehalevich (BLR) v. Eva Hrdinova (CZE)
Andreja Klepac (SLO) v. Nicole Vaidisova (CZE)